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Silver Praxis -- The Propriety of Dueling

as issued by the office of the Okarir'tir, 14th day of the Amber Cold, year 12 of the Second Age

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Despite our blessed and pure heritage, we mali'thill are not immune to the mundane, worldly tensions that plague the affairs of lesser races. Wisdom and prudence dictate that simple disagreements are best settled through dialogue. Long and thorough consideration, combined with wine and fellowship often yield reconciliation in short order. Alas, some indignities cut so deeply that an honorable martial contest is the only route to rapprochement. In such cases, the aggrieved parties must abide by the following rules:

 

1. Both parties must arm themselves with a traditional high elven dueling foil or dueling saber. Long swords, axes, flails and the like are not permitted to be used for fear of mortal injury. Foils and sabers must be washed in mineral water, thoroughly dried, and well-polished.

 

2. Prior to the duel, both parties must recite their adversary's full name—taking care to call upon matrilineal, patrilineal, and family honorifics where appropriate. Duelists who stumble over or mispronounce their adversary's name must stop and recite the name in its totality twice more.

 

3. Duelists must ensure that a second is present for the duel. These witnesses are honor-bound to intervene should one of the aggrieved parties commit an honor-infraction such as casting dirt in their opponent's eyes, fleeing the field prior to the duel's conclusion, or using venomous words that might further inflame tensions between parties.

 

The victorious duelist must engage with their defeated opponent in a courteous and humble fashion—availing them of family physicians, bandages, or any other appropriate service to dress their wounds. Defeated duelists are likewise required to admit error, and humbly request forgiveness for their actions. If the parties follow these rules, both emerge from the conflict with honor and purity in tact. Failure to abide by even a single rule is grounds for question of one's integrity and mental purity.

 

ay'Larihei

ay'Haelun'or

 

Okarir'tir

Kiljarys an Iarwaïn

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“Combative trial? Or challenges? How shameful! Us, the mali’aheral have always strived to be intellectual and speak in debate, but never violent and solve conflict with swords, this, is dishonorable!” Alyssa Seregon said with rage in her voice while being within the safety of her home, giving her karin a nice belly rub to calm herself then a sip of tea. After these actions to calm herself down, she would simply toss the notice into the fire with a cocky grin upon her face.

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A older aheral dressed in a large black coat with its collar a bit too high over his face quirked a brow at the statement. "Suppose we've been reduced to the ways of savage humans if this is allowed - though who am I to judge." He commented aloud in his home away from the silver city. 

 

"Least they're not wearing powdered wigs yet."

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1 hour ago, Tox said:

A older aheral dressed in a large black coat with its collar a bit too high over his face quirked a brow at the statement. "Suppose we've been reduced to the ways of savage humans if this is allowed - though who am I to judge." He commented aloud in his home away from the silver city. 

 

"Least they're not wearing powdered wigs yet."

"Tough talk for someone within dueling distance." Othelu declared, polishing his poniard. 

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The Laurir Elibar'acal would be sipping a cup of Buttermint Tea in her apartment alone out of earshot, reading over the missive with a keen eye she would make no expression to determine her opinion. The thinning elf would then go to stand, placing her cup of tea gently into the table and striding into her living room. "What a disgrace. I suppose we should call ourselves Mali'ata at this point." She muttered, rolling her eyes and shoving the missive into her fireplace. 

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Haskir erupts with a guffaw, "I wish Sulraell were around for this -- I'd beat him within an inch of his life!"

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One sullen, haunted soldier approves - withdrawing his flask, so that he may raise it to the skies - scowling at the rising sun.

 

"An ember, reignited. These ones will learn soon enough the value of war, of the blade."

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"An exercise in hiylun - how fitting." the Tillun'sae would nod. "So long as it is measured, moderated duels, made not to draw Silver Blood, it is a wonderful exercise.

A duality in dueling, with either a debate of minds, or an exercise of hiylun - the choice of which decided mutually among the participants."

A careful sip of her cup of morning tea, she'd offer a glance up to the wall of her office, to a certain decorative piece it held.

"I am certain that the same rules hold here as most other things - no brute Valah or Uruk may challenge a Mali'thill, and an 'ata might not challenge our blessed Maheral or Sohaer. It would be most appreciated if this document might clarify such.. The addition of a clause to note that a victory in duel of hiylun does not equate a victory over logic might also be appreciated. No amount of dueling expertise shall prove that red is in fact blue. Aside from this - a most wonderful sport to engage in. I approve fully."

Upon a small set of hooks sat a mostly-ornamental and blunt saber, a small rounded point upon the end where the tip of the blade had been curled back unto itself to obstruct any piercing harm. A smile lifting to the lips of the pale elfess, she'd speak out - mostly to herself. 

"Duel away, through mind or through body, lliran."

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